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Teh SOPA

I’m a little late on the anti-SOPA bandwagon, but I’m going to pin my lack of empathy of this rather important issue on my previous internship duties and various other factors that have kept me in the dark on this these past few months. I know, not a good excuse but hey, whatever man.

Probably the most scariest part of SOPA – Stop Online Piracy Act – is the danger it poses to user generated content, which is significant because the internet has evolved into a medium which us as users to have an incredible amount of control over, more so than what it was years ago. While SOPA is a piece of American legislation, it’s significance goes beyond one nation and will have a global impact that will affect everyone.

What frightens me about SOPA is the fact that as a domain name owner who uses his space as a blog, the content as well as those that I host will theoretically come under scrutiny in accordance to these new laws. According to one article by Michael Geist, domain names such as mine would be subject to US jurisdiction in accordance to this law, since this domain is under a US domain name registry as well as many others.

What is also interesting about SOPA is its inclusion as part of proposed future US foreign policy, which according to Gant ‘grants more resources to US embassies around the world to increase their involvement in foreign legal reform.’ The last thing we need is more American encroachment within our sovereign borders. And to think I was going to be safe up here in the chilly high north regardless.

The idea that content can be regulated in such a liberal manner is a scary scenario that is difficult for many of us to grasp. How a blog post, a video or a picture can be subject to a law that goes against the freedoms that the internet provides is asinine. In the event that SOPA passes, I guess I’ll have to get used to writing in an actual diary for my rants and emo-esque blogs.

Man.

Posted: January 20th, 2012
Categories: Current Events
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